Omega’s De Ville line hit retailers’ shelves 50 years ago, in 1967 – the same year in which the world’s first heart transplant took place, the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and Thurgood Marshall was confirmed to the Supreme Court as the first African-American Supreme Court justice. In fashion, men wore ankle-high boots and women wore jaunty boots and often a jauntily slanted beret or pillbox hat along with them. And either sex may have sported a popular Omega wristwatch to keep the time.
Omega now celebrates this golden anniversary of mechanics and fashion by presenting three new deluxe models in elegant gold cases not an everyday occurrence for the Biel-based brand, even today in housings reminiscent of the original stylish cases of that golden year.
And recalling the heyday of yellow gold as the most luxurious metal of the time, the brand introduces these 39.5 mm cases not only in modern white gold and red gold, but also yellow gold – which docks right into a trend-in-the-making of yellow gold’s comeback in replica watches.
Nostalgically designed, the case backs of this new model are not transparent as they would be today but rather solid, brushed, and embossed with a likeness of Chronos, the god of time, alongside the words “De Ville” and “50th Anniversary.”
The front of these De Ville models is dominated by an enamel dial proudly emblazoned with nostalgically classic black numerals –except for the “12,” which is red to denote enamel as the dial material – and a classic railroad track for the minutes. The color of the 18-karat gold hands match that of the 18-karat gold case material.
This fake watch, which sports a three-year guarantee, is powered by automatic Omega co-axial Caliber 2500. This movement was chosen not only because all mechanical Omega replica watches are now powered by co-axial movements; this is also a nod to the fact that it was the De Ville that first housed a co-axial movement back in 1999.
The red gold version will already be available in Omega replica boutiques around the world next month, with the white gold and yellow gold variations following later. Omega’s De Ville line of 1967 was a direct successor to the Seamaster De Ville, which first appeared in 1962.